I finally got around to having lunch at Nom Wah with a friend, using the checklist-style menu to explore as much of their menu as possible.
The Roast Pork Bun and the Beef Rice Roll were delicious. The first is prefixed with “House Special,” so I wasn’t surprised. The caramelized onions didn’t sweeten the bun too much and there was a reasonable bun-to-filling ratio.
The Beef Rice Rolls were a challenge with chopsticks, but I managed. These slimy rolls were soaking in sweet soy sauce, but not for very long.
My friend said the Shrimp & Snow Pea Leaf dumplings were refreshingly good, but I wouldn’t know (allergy).
“The Original” Egg Roll ($4) was relatively pricey. Since the outside is deeply fried, it didn’t taste so well because of the large size. The inside was nothing special and I had trouble locating the chicken. Not sure why they recommended it.
Do not order the Scallion Pancake. It was thick, heavy, and tasted bland, when it should have been flaky, crispy, and light. Again, not sure what happened here.
There’s a lot of cool history behind this restaurant. I’ll definitely be back to sample some more dim sum. Nom Wah is a laid back, but fun restaurant. Order something your friend isn’t getting and try sampling as much as you can.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor ★★★☆☆
13 Doyers St (between Bowery & Chatham Sq) map
New York, NY 10013